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December 31, 2007

LEED Professional Certification

Beginning in January 2008, the Green Building Certification Institute will provide administration of the LEED Professional certification program. ...
... "GBCI will manage all aspects of the LEED AP program including exam development, registration and delivery. GBCI will also oversee the development of the maintenance program for LEED AP credential holders. " ...
Via GBCI: Green Building Certification USGBC: Professional Accreditation: "LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles"

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December 30, 2007

Think Electric Car Vid

Here's video of the Think electric car ...

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Think Electric Vehicle Starts Production

The Think electric vehicle starts production. The company leadership has deep bench strength. And, there has been a fair amount of investment in the research and development of the electric car by previous owners. The battery powered vehicle has a range of 180 kilometers, or over 100 miles. ...
... "We believe that electric cars are a macro trend, and their use will grow very fast, and for a long time," says Mr Bjorseth. " ...
Via Financial Times Deutschland: Race for Electric Cars
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December 28, 2007

Future of Solar Power: The Fourth Generation

Vanderbilt University lecture by Lawrence Kazmerski, director of the National Center for Photovoltaics, focuses on the future of solar power which may be at its tipping point. ...

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Solar Business Incubation at Univ of Toledo

University of Toledo is incubating a number of early-stage businesses in the alternative energy space with a concentration in solar photovoltaics. ...
... "The Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator is the next step in this commitment, giving university spin-off businesses and alternative energy companies who want to collaborate with the university a place to nurture and grow into stable, expanding businesses ... " ...
Via University of Toledo: Business Incubator
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December 27, 2007

Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array is Active at Air Force Base

The Air Force's green initiative to supply power to its base from alternative energy has come to fruition. The largest solar photovoltaic array in the nation is generating power at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. ...
... "The PV array, completed earlier this month, will supply Nellis with more than 30 million kilowatt-hours of clean, environmentally friendly electricity a year. The array is expected to supply the base with more than 25 percent of the total power used by the base population, roughly 12,000 people. More than 72,000 solar panels, which contain nearly 6 million solar cells, were constructed by Sunpower Corp. on 140 acres of Nellis land. Many of the panels, which track the sun across the sky, were constructed on top of a capped landfill. The plant is estimated to save the Air Force $1 million annually and should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 24,000 tons annually, which is equivalent to removing 185,000 cars from the roadways. This is one of the largest of the Air Force's "green" initiatives to date ... " ...
Via Nellis Air Force Base: The Nations Largest Photovoltaic Array

SunPower Corporation: Nation’s Largest Solar PV System Takes Flight at Nellis Air Force Base: "Combining technology and systems expertise from SunPower Corporation and financing by MMA Renewable Ventures with discounted purchase commitments by the U.S. Air Force, the innovative Nellis solar energy system demonstrates that the U.S. government's goals for enhancing security through energy independence can be met both economically and practically when the public and private sectors work together. SunPower Corporation designed and built the photovoltaic power plant using its proprietary single-axis SunPower® T20 Tracker solar tracking system which follows the sun throughout the day and delivers up to 30 percent more energy than traditional fixed-tilt ground systems. " Nellis Air Force Base Mission: "Nellis Air Force Base provides advanced combat training for composite strike forces, which includes every type of aircraft in the Air Force inventory. " Air Force making progress on alternative fuels: "The undersecretary said energy is an important topic to Air Force leaders, as the service alone consumes about half the fuel purchased by the U.S. government. "

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December 26, 2007

Organic Polymers For Thin Film Solar Flexible Panel

Chemical engineering professor at UCDavis receives Department of Energy research grant to investigate methods to create thin film solar panels from organic polymers so that low cost photovoltaics can be manufactured.   ...

...   "Moule is studying ways to assemble thin layers of organic polymers -- essentially, plastics -- into a flexible panel, similar to a laminated poster.  ...  Moule is developing a method to deposit a series of very thin layers using a temporary, removable protective layer. He will also use computer modeling to study the effect of adding multiple thin layers to the device. If the technique is successful, Moule expects to produce simple two-layer devices within 18 months to two years. "   ...

Via University of California Davis: Solar Research Grant


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December 25, 2007

Incandescent Bulb's Days (May Be) Numbered ...

Incandescent light bulb - its days may be numberedThe Energy and Security Act of 2007 was signed into Law on Dec 19th, 2007.  Along with items like requiring higher CAFE for cars there is an interesting note about ... the incandescent light bulb.

Though most people are saying that the incandescent bulb will not be sold after 2012 - it is more correct to say that the current energy inefficient incandescent bulb as sold today will not be available.

It is likely that the initial make up supply of bulbs will be from either higher efficiency incandescent bulbs or as in intermediate step - CFB. 

One little problem about CFB is that they contain MERCURY which is a rather nasty environmental pollutant - one linked to health effects in younger children.  Maybe lower cost LED bulbs will be available by 2012?

So far now ... maybe it is time to stock up on the old incandescent bulbs ... 2012 will be here before you know it.    


Via:  WhiteHouse.gov   Link 

CFB and Incandescent Bulb

Canada is looking at similar legislation to eliminate incandescent bulbs by 2012. 

"... will ban ... inefficient incandescent light bulbs by 2012 as part of a plan to cut down on emissions of greenhouse gases..."

"... Canada is the second country ... to announce such a ban. Australia ... would get rid of all incandescent bulbs by 2009.

"... banning inefficient lighting, can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 6 million tonnes per year ..." [Canada]


Via:  Rueters  LINK

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December 24, 2007

It's Not Too Late for a "Green" Christmas

LED Christmas Lights It's getting close --- Here at the Green Dud's place it is less than C-1 (Christmas -1 day).Live Christmas Tree

Here are some green ideas for a green Christmas:

(1) Buy a live (balled) tree instead of cutting down a livbe tree and throwing it in a landfill.
>> Get some credit back if you (like me) mulch the tree instead of throwing it in the trash).
>> Get some credit back if the tree was grown w/o extra chemicals and such.

(2) Get some new LED lights.  they are brighter and use way less electricity and should LAST A LONG time.  When your old strands are no longer working - Go with LEDS.
>> Added Bonus - no toxic mercury in LEDs!

(3)  Use paper shopping bags to wrap your presents and then recycle them instead of throwing them out with the trash.

(4) Recycle what you can of gift packaging (cardboard and paper are an easy one ... #6 PS if you ahve a place to take it.
>> Get some extra credit for buying gifts with minimla or green type packaging.

(5) Whatever type of tree you choose - consider recycled ornaments.


Via:  The Green Dude ....  Link

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December 22, 2007

China Becomes a Leader in Solar Cells - Suntech Power Co, Ltd

Solar Cells


China's Suntech Poower Co, Ltd is becoming a power player in Solar Cells.  It is a leader in both cvapacity and solar outbut ...

Read on to learn more about why sun power and solar cells are important to the future power needs of the world ... sdolar cells

  • The Sun has sufficient helium mass to provide the Earth with energy for another five billion years and, every 15 minutes, it emits more energy than humankind uses in an entire year.

  • The Earth receives only one half of one billionth of the Sun's radiant energy, but in just a few days it gets as much heat and light as could be produced by burning all the oil, coal and wood on the planet.

Via:  Suntech Power Co, Ltd.   Link













Read more about Suntech - their Chairman and CEO was named one of China's Green Person of the Year (2007)

"... Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO, has been named one of China's Green Persons of the Year for his outstanding contribution to environmental protection initiatives and environmental awareness within China. The award was presented to Dr. Shi and eight other recipients at a ceremony held in Beijing on December 14, 2007."

Via:  Link

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December 21, 2007

Toyota Concept Hybrid - 1/X

Toyota Concept Car - 1 / XHybrid cars continue to evolve ... check out the Toyota Concept Car "1/X" .  Much lighter, with better fuel economy and safety features ... the "hybrid auto" space is rapidly evolving!

"... 1/X compact hybrid concept ... as in "This vehicle weighs only 1/Xth that of other vehicles in its class."

"...1/X was intended to "redefine from its very roots the idea of what it means to be environmentally considerate." Toyota Concept Car - 1/ X

"... has the same interior space as a Prius, but weighs only 926 pounds — about one-third the weight of a Prius — and aims to double its fuel efficiency. ..."

"... 1/X uses plug-in technology, ... 500cc gas engine t... beneath the rear seat and drives the rear wheels.

Via:  edmond.com  Link






For more pictures and videos ... Link 

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LEED Green Building Supported By Chain of Custody Certification

With green building trends increasing, the whole building value chain can be navigated sustainably. The Forest Stewardship Council will certify forests and provide chain-of-custody certification when products flow through the supply chain to their final destination. ...
... "Chain of custody certification is especially important to commercial building projects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. " ...
Via The Ellsworth American: Green Building

The Forest Stewardship Council Certification: "Any FSC labeled product can be traced back to a certified source. " Chain of Custody Information (PDF)
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December 20, 2007

Boeing Biofuel Analysis

Boeing sees biofuel blends in jet fuels in the medium term horizon. Technical hurdles will have to be overcome. The low temperatures of higher altitudes can cause the biofuel to freeze. And, other stability challenges must be remedied. However, the science is steadily advancing as bio-jet fuels are beginning to reach minimum freeze requirements. ...
... "The major challenges of using pure biofuels in a commercial aircraft are its propensity to freeze at normal operating cruising temperatures, its poorer high temperature thermal stability characteristics in the engine, and its storage stability over time. " ...
Via Boeing: Alternative Aircraft Fuels (PDF)

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December 19, 2007

Hybrid Car Engine NiMH Battery Discussion

Fun vid educates on hybrid vehicles. ...

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December 18, 2007

Green Roof Discussion

Green roofs discussed from Ladybird Johnson Center in Austin, Texas. ...

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December 17, 2007

Florida Green Building Achieves LEED Silver

The Florida Solar Energy Center manages pilot program for green building and supports the achievement of LEED Silver certification for Florida residence. ...
... "The Florida Solar Energy Center completed several inspections and performance tests on John and Pamela Parés new home, which features solar water heating, high-efficiency windows and doors and many other environmentally friendly features. " ...

Via University of Central Florida: Florida Solar Energy Center About the Florida Solar Energy Center: "The Center's 150-member staff includes 95 professionals with expertise in engineering, energy research, building science, energy and policy analysis, and education and training." US Green Building Council LEED Definitions: "LEED certification has four progressive levels – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The level of certification depends on the number of criteria that are met during the design and construction of a building."

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Green Burials Gaining Popularity

Green Burial Council

Death, and burial are not easy topics to discuss.  They are certainly uncomfortable for most --- but death is part of life --- and there is no getting around it.

For those committed to a green lifestyle, a green burial may be the way to leave the earth a better place when you die.Site of green burial ground:  Milwaukee, Wis.

>> Green burials are usually cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

"...green burials present little possibility that mercury or other potentially hazardous emissions will be released."

"We bury enough embalming fluid to fill eight Olympic-size swimming pools, enough metal to build the Golden Gate Bridge, and so much reinforced concrete in burial vaults that we could build a two-lane highway from New York to Detroit," Sehee said.

Via:  NPR.org   Link


"Green burial provides us with a way of getting in sync with the natural process of death, decay, and regeneration, rather than having to stave it off, as conventional deathcare demands."

-- Joe Sehee, Founder/Executive Director, Green Burial Council

To learn more about Green Burials    Link

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December 16, 2007

Server Green Design through Proportional Energy Use Per Google Engineers

Since most servers and server farms are running at less than fifty percent utilization, the energy efficiency of the data center computing assets is low. Google engineers recommend a energy proportional server design to deal with this reality. This is the future efficiency challenge for design engineers. ...
... "They should aim to develop machines that consume energy in proportion to the amount of work performed. Such energy-proportional machines would ideally consume no power when idle (easy with inactive power modes), nearly no power when very little work is performed (harder), and gradually more power as the activity level increases (also harder). " ...
Via IEEE Computer: Energy-Proportional Computing
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Possible Route to Hydrocarbon Fuel from Air

solar furnace for CR5 prototype

The normal process is to burn a hydrocarbon and get CO2.  A possible novel new process would turn the CO back into a Hydrocarbon. Sandia National Laboratories Prototype - CO to Fuel

CO2 ==> CO ==> Hydrocarbon ... just add concentrated sunlight!  Pretty neat!  

"... research team from Sandia National Laboratories is building a prototype ... to chemically “reenergize” carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide ... carbon monoxide could then be used to make hydrogen or ... combustible fuel, such as methanol or even gasoline, diesel and jet fuel."

"... Counter Rotating Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (CR5, for short), ..."

"... “Sunshine to Petrol” (S2P). “Liquid Solar Fuel” is the end product — the methanol, gasoline, or other liquid fuel made from water and the carbon monoxide produced using solar energy."

Via:  Sandia National Laboratories   Link


Read more of the details here  Link    Link 

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Solar Thermal Manufacturing Capacity to Come Onstream in 2008

Ausra will build manufacturing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada to produce solar thermal power systems. The manufacturing plant is expected to come online in April of 2008 and is sized to produce up to 700 mega watts of solar thermal capacity on an annual basis. Solar thermal technology works through the use of solar collectors that boil water at high temperature to power steam turbine generators. ...
... "The 130,000-square-foot, highly automated manufacturing and distribution center will produce the reflectors, towers, absorber tubes, and other key components of the company's solar thermal power plants. Solar thermal power plants use fields of mirrors to capture the sun's power to produce electricity without pollution. " ...

Via Ausra: U.S. Solar Thermal Power Manufacturing Plant in Nevada Nevada Solar Plant Closer to Reality: "Solar Enterprise Zone in Nevada"

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December 14, 2007

Ireland Biomass Energy Grants

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December 12, 2007

Solar Photovoltaic PV Panel Basics Discussed

Solar photovoltaics basics are described in this video. ...

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December 11, 2007

IBM Solutions for Media Greens Hollywood

With the digitization of the media industry, computing requirements are growing which increases the industry's data center energy requirements. IBM targets the media and entertainment space with a committment to reduce energy consumption in the datacenter. ...
... "The company detailed its vision to help businesses that operate some of the world's largest, most powerful data centers -- with massive banks of computers that fuel special effects, animation and new, rich media entertainment -- significantly reduce the environmental impact of their IT operations and dramatically improve their bottom line by the end of the decade. " ...
Via IBM: Green Hollywood
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Green Gifts for the Holidays ... or Anytime

lime logo ... green gifts

You've been Green all year and preaching to your family and friends about being Green.

Why not get them something Green for the holidays?

What to give?

  • Something for the kitchen / cook?
  • Something for the gardener?
  • Something for the outdoorsman?
  • Something for the fashionista?

That Perfect Green Gift ... all here ... and more ... follow this link for some great ideas

Via: Lime.com   Link

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December 10, 2007

Renewable Energy Research Projects Funded

University of Minnesota research team have achieved funding for five renewable energy projects to the tune of $4.5 million. The Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund will provide the investment funding for the research. The winning proposals include biomass gasification, biomass harvesting guidelines, efficient biomass feedstock management, thinfilm silicon for solar photovoltaics, and wind turbine simulation. ...
... "Development of a new paradigm for controlling the microstructure of thin-film silicon, which will improve stability and efficiency and lower the cost of nanocrystal silicon photovoltaic cells. Led by professor Uwe Kortshagen, department of mechanical engineering, Institute of Technology. Amount awarded: $732,032. " ...
Via University of Minnesota: $4.5 Million Funding for Renewable Energy Research

Via Xcel Energy: Renewable Development Fund: "Xcel Energy has committed to funding nearly $53 million for projects to identify and develop new or emerging renewable energy sources. " Via Xcel Energy: Third Funding Cycle: "$14,397,817 was awarded to 17 projects for renewable energy research and development. " Criteria for selecting renewable energy projects from Minnesota Public Utility Commision.

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Solar Powered Trash Compactors in Boston

 Solar Powered Trash Compactors
Boston has a new take on trashcans. 

Their BIG GREEN compacting cans can hold up to 150 gallons requiring less frequent vists by sanitation workers ... and less mess as they do not tip over and spill!

"... solar-powered, self-compacting trash receptacles. ...need emptying only once or twice a day, ... ..."

"... powered by photoelectric panels, which supply power to motor-driven compactors inside. ..."

"... has placed 50  ... machines in neighborhoods and hopes to buy more as it gauges how much it can save in labor costs.

"...model ... has increased capacity in the solar panels, allowing them to store enough power to run for several weeks without sunlight."


Via:  Boston.Com  Link

Folks in Boston are mixed on the new garbage cans ... some like 'em, some don't.  But in any case there are likely to be more of them ... in Boston and other cities.

" ... company's first solar-powered trash compactor was installed in Vail, Colo., in 2004. There are now more than 200 of the bins worldwide, including in Vancouver; Cincinnati; Queens, N.Y.; Needham; Newton; and Worcester."
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December 09, 2007

California Solar Roof Installation

Solar photovoltaic panels are integrated into a California tile roof and wired to inverter. ...

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December 08, 2007

Supply Chain Leadership through Carbon Disclosure

Dell and its suppliers will participate in the supply chain focus area of the Carbon Disclosure project. Dell, known for its supply chain leadership, is demonstrating its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint across its vast supply chain. The company is a first mover among IT companies. The Carbon Disclosure project will facilitate dialogue that is intended to create a corporate and shareholder response to climate change through quality information. The project collects and reports carbon emissions information annually through its CDP FT500 report. ...
... "Participation in the SCLC will provide Dell suppliers a standard globally recognized methodology to report emissions. Dell will work with its suppliers on reporting data relevant to Dells business and CDP will provide guidance on reporting requirements. Creation of a standardized system offers suppliers an efficient tool for reporting and helps avoid multiple reporting requirements. The SCLC was created to engage member companies supply chains to report carbon footprints and climate change-relevant information, such as greenhouse gas emissions data, emissions reduction targets and climate-change strategy. This is the first effort to create one single standardized mechanism, through the CDP questionnaire process, to measure company carbon footprints throughout their supply chain. " ...

Via Dell: Dell will monitor and report on Carbon Dioxide emissions The Carbon Disclosure project climate change questionaire Bill Clinton's Speech at the Carbon Disclosure Project Angela Merkel's letter to the Carbon Disclosure Project CO2 Emissions in the Supply Chain

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December 07, 2007

Brewery Water Treatment Produces Methane!

Water Treatment Plant The New Belgium Brewery has many green aspects to their business ... In addition to their own waste water treatment plant ... they product their own methane!

"...  installation of its own process water treatment facility. ...  allows us to clean our process waters ...  without burdening the municipal system.... "

" ... byproduct of this process is the production of methane. ... capture this methane and pipe it back into ... a combined heat and power engine that produces both electrical and thermal energy. ... power about 10% of the brewery with this byproduct ..."



Via:  New Belgium Beer   Link


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Innovative LED Lightbulb

frog design LED lightbulb

 frog design logo

frogdesign is putting their creative spin on the LED lightbulb.


"...problems inherent in compact fluorescent lightbulbs, which are vastly greener than incandescents but contain mercury and throw off a chilly glow. ... a bulb in the familiar, socket-compatible form but powered by a high-output LED. ... use half the power and last 10 times longer than a fluorescent, cast the warm light of an incandescent, and be made of unbreakable plastic. ... "... twice as efficient as a compact fluorescent ... a nicer light. Plus, you can adjust it up or down, from 10 watts to 200 watts. ... it doesn't create heat."

"... goal, ... was to ...demonstrate how companies can make a difference by creating sustainable designs. ..."


The actual bulb does not exist yet .... but is an intersesting design idea ...  



Via:  fastcompany.com   Link

Via:  frogdesign.com  Link

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Seattle Washington's Green Power Program

Seattle's Green Power Program


The citizens of Seattle, Washington have several green power options.  Seattle has a long history of grren power ... in 1905 they built their first hydroelectric plant.

green up!

  • "Buy green power for a portion of your electricity through City Light's Green Up Program"

    >>> This allows customers to pay an additional amount to get up to 100% of their power from renewable sources.

  • "Pay a little more on your bill to support renewable energy demonstrations, including local solar electricity projects, through City Light's Green Power Program".

    >>> This funds demonstrations of renewable energy methods not curently bieung used in Seattle.

Via:  www.Seattle.gov    Link

Via:  City Light Power  Link

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December 06, 2007

Germany Solar Experience Exports

Solon Solar works to export its photovoltaic experience globally. ...

Solon AG Germany Solar Industry Association
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Energy Recovery by RF Frequency


Recovering the potential "fuel" in materials has been the driving force behind oil shale and oil sands.  Global Resource Corp, a NJ company, has found a way to "crack "the energy" from materials using RF energy.

Energy Recovery

" ... GRC’s hydrocarbon specific frequencies are generated by much higher RF klystrons that actually crack the hydrocarbon chain into its characteristic fuels.

"... no CO2 or CO produced ... because there is no oxidation... "

"... designed klystron machinery for gasifying hydrocarbons where they exist or in fabricated systems. In-situ meaning processed deep in the ground, rock formations or anywhere naturally occurring and off-situ meaning processed above ground that is mined or material removed from site.

"... GRC ...now possess the technology that will free America from foreign oil imports.

Click the LINK to see a YouTUBE video of converting COAL into natural gas and hydrogen fuel.


Via:  Global Resource Corporation    Link 


For information about 3rd party verification of this technology Link 

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December 05, 2007

Turbine Harnesses Power of Tides

Blue Energy offers a set of scalable turbines to generate various power levels. ...
... "The Blue Energy Ocean Turbine acts as a highly efficient underwater vertical-axis windmill. Sea water is 832 times denser than air and a non-compressible medium, an 8 knot tidal current is the equivalent of a 390 km/hr wind. " ...

Via Blue Energy: Turbine Technology
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Green Waterfree Urinal

Falcon Waterless Technologies - logo

What is a waterless urinal?  waterless urinal details - inside view
How does it work? 
How does it save money and or energy?

Waterless urinals are now being installed in buildings around the country.  I saw them this week at the US HQ (PA) of a major German software company ...

They mount like an ordinary urinal but have a drain only - now plumbing is needed to "flush" so there are energy saving s in construction, less water and maintenance. 

waterless urinal " ... As much as 5% of fresh water consumed is currently used to carry away urine. Each Falcon Waterfree  ... saves an average of 40,000 gallons (151,000 liters) of fresh water per year. ... No energy need be used to treat this water, nor does it produce carbon dioxide emissions as a byproduct of its treatment. ... "

A" ... very little maintenance ... no moving parts ... only maintenance is an easy change of the cartridge, performed approximately three to four times per year."

Via:  Falcon Waterless Technologies Link


"Falcon products are manufactured and marketed by recognized leaders in the plumbing and hygiene industry, including:

    American Standard
    Sloan Valve Company
" ...leaders in the plumbing and hygiene industry ... we have installed more than 100,000 Falcon systems to date, with an eye on replacing a healthy share of the more than 50 million water-using urinals already installed. ..."I

Read more at Link 



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December 04, 2007

Saving Energy One Billboard at a Time

Pacific Gas and Electric implements solar powered billboard, with photovoltaic panels from SunTech Power, in San Francisco in conjunction with its campaign called -- We can do this. ...
... "The nations first solar-powered billboard is prominently located at 1000 Brannan Street in San Francisco, visible from the Highway 101 9th Street exit. It is outfitted with 20 solar modules that can provide up to 3.4 kilowatts of renewable solar energy to the PG&E grid. The power generated by the system exceeds the power used at night to illuminate the billboards lights. In addition to installing solar, PG&E replaced the billboards halophane light fixtures with energy-efficient LED lights. " ...

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Via Pacific Gas and Electric: Solar Powered Billboard

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December 03, 2007

Green Building Benefit Anecdotes

LEED certified and green buildings offer their owners additional benefits than the obvious operating savings. See the LEED rating system. ...
... "Green buildings generate 3.5 percent higher occupancy rates, 3 percent higher rental rates and have a 6.6 percent improved return on investment, Katz said. Additionally, green buildings see an average increase of 7.5 percent in building values ... " ...
Via NuWire: LEED Leads to Profit
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December 02, 2007

Betty Biodiesel Interview

Betty Biodiesel shares her views. ...

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December 01, 2007

Energy Legislation CAFE and Biofuels

Legislation makes progress. Bill would improve fuel economy standards and also mandate biofuels use. ...
... "The energy bill will also include a massive biofuels mandate, requiring motor fuel refineries to use increasing amounts of corn-based ethanol ... " ...
Via Washington Post: House Deal
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